Jan. 24, 2004
Jan. 24, 2004
By Lauren Williams, FSU Sports Information
For the Florida State women’s basketball program, a few things have always been consistent. One is that the program is steadily getting better through the strong foundation being built by seventh-year head coach Sue Semrau and her staff. Another point of consistency is the style of play of 6’3″ junior forward Genesis Choice. The Orlando, Fla., native has been a growing presence since her first year in the garnet and gold. Choice is an outspoken player who is working to become a force in the Atlantic Coast Conference and ultimately one of the top women’s basketball players in the country.
Choice has focused every year on raising her level of play, with this season being one of the defining years in her college career. Her immediate goals for 2003-04 highlighted two specific areas: success at the Seminole Classic and offensive rebounding. At the tourney, Choice averaged 15.0 points and 3.5 rebounds and earned all-tournament honors along with teammates Ganiyat Adeduntan and Tasheika Allen.
“Two immediate goals I set for the beginning of the year were to make the Seminole Classic All-Tournament Team and win the tournament,” the criminology major said.
The second area where Choice, a former WBCA High School All-American, is continuously looking to improve upon is offensive rebounding. Currently, the Evans High School standout is averaging 10.8 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. After coming off the bench for two seasons, Choice has started 10 games and played in all 16 for the Seminoles this season. She has posted a season-high 11 rebounds twice, including against then-No. 1 UConn. In the win over Troy State, Florida State recorded a season-high 59 rebounds with Choice contributing 11 boards along with her 18 points to record FSU’s first double-double of the season.
“As far as going out every day, I want to be consistent on the rebounding end,” Choice said. “Anyone can get one on the defensive end, but it takes effort to go out and shoot it after someone on your team shoots it. I want to go out and be a threat.”
With the addition of this season’s freshmen class, Choice is surrounded by a solid group of talented athletes who pose an offensive threat. With rookies Alicia Gladden and Shante Williams in the starting lineup, team scoring leader Tasheika Allen sharing the floor and two strong post players in Lauren Bradley and Trinetta Moore seeing plenty of action, Choice’s style of play is complimented with each tick of the clock.
“I love this year’s recruiting class,” the junior forward said. “I’ve played with two out of the four recruits. It’s so much fun to watch our freshmen go out and do something. It’s not taking any pressure off me because I still want to score, it’s just that someone has to guard them now. (Our opponents) really have to step up and play defense.”
Choice has been a force to be reckoned with since her freshman year. As a rookie, she played in 25 games, starting the last three contests. Over the last five games of that season, she averaged 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 26 minutes per game. In her sophomore season, she stepped up to the next level, averaging 6.8 ppg and 4.8 rpg off the bench. That season, Choice set career highs in points (20), rebounds (11), and field goals made (9) and attempted (16). Her increased role on the team has allowed her to become more of a vocal leader.
“My freshman year, I felt like people would listen to me but I wouldn’t say as much as I say now,” Choice said. “Now, I feel like if I say something people will actually listen.”
Listen is exactly what her teammates are doing. Whether Choice is scoring or not, she goes into every game looking to pump up the team. She wants to bring out the best in her fellow Tribe members. Her attitude is contagious, often adding the on-court spark the Seminoles need to play in one of the toughest conferences in the nation.
“Coach Sue told me once that Shante and I are the people that everyone will look up to,” said Choice. “I figured if I go out there and get fired up, then the team will be the same way.”
Choice has been known to be a little feisty on the court, especially in ACC play. It’s something that she acknowledges as a part of her demeanor but knows to keep it in control.
“I don’t have an attitude but I do have a temper,” Choice said with a smile. “But what goes on, on the court, stays on the court. Everything outside the court is a different style.”